Downed line knocks out power to 10K in Kent County

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A map from Consumers Energy showing a power outage in Plainfield, Grand Rapids and Cannon townships. (Oct. 10, 2016)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy says a downed high-voltage line was to blame for the power outage that left thousands of Kent County homes and businesses without power Monday afternoon.

The outage was first reported around 3:39 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., the Consumers Energy outage map showed 10,595 customers in Plainfield, Grand Rapids and Cannon townships were without power.

Mercy Health said on Twitter it was closing its Rockford campus because of the outage.

The outage area also included the East Beltline, where traffic was backed up Monday afternoon.

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The utility company traced the outage to a downed line at its substation near Fulton and Spaulding. It’s unclear what caused the 46,000 volt line to go down.

Consumers energy fully restored power to the area just before 4:40 p.m.